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Salvation is bigger and different than we’ve imagined

I mean, you can’t keep up with the literature. The books and articles and presentations charting revisionary directions on the meaning of salvation are like crickets in a Texas summer: plague like and chirping. There are two prominent themes. First, … Continue reading

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Some implications of being startled

In my last post, I suggested that there is often a connection between the word “gospel” and being surprised. The good news is not the same old, same old, because it is truly startling. And I wondered if this might … Continue reading

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Startled unto Salvation

I’ve been thinking a lot about gospel and salvation these days, and some things are falling together in ways that they haven’t before. Let me begin with the idea that the gospel is “news.” Shocking, I know. But we tend … Continue reading

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A charismatic view of salvation: got some full gospel?

Whenever I pass churches that have the words “full gospel” on their sign, I think to myself “I should be for that.” No one wants half a gospel or even three quarters. You don’t want mostly good news, or only … Continue reading

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Salvation and the Church, Bacon and Eggs: A Reflection

The last few days, I’ve been at an excellent conference hosted by the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and The Parish Collective. If you don’t know the work of the Parish Collective, you should. And the place to start … Continue reading

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Living in a story bigger than justification by faith: hospitality and witness

In my last few posts, I’ve talked about the possible differences it might make to shift away from seeing justification by faith as the center of the Paul’s understanding of the gospel (ala N.T. Wright and many others). Similarly, in … Continue reading

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Salvation is more than a Binary

In one of my favorite episodes of The West Wing, Toby is being legally deposed in relation to his ex-wife’s pregnancy. At one point, the attorney deposing him asks “how pregnant is your ex-wife?” Toby’s response is something like, “the … Continue reading

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When did we see you Lord: a prayer of confession

When did we see you Lord? We thought we saw you on Sunday mornings, exalted in our praises. We though we saw you in the underlined sections of our Bibles. We thought we saw you when our cause succeeded.  We … Continue reading

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Paul’s Temporal Imagination: what difference does it make?

OK, last post I got some feedback on Facebook. Went something like this: you’re a fancy thinker and writer and all, mr. smartypantsblogger. But what does any of this have to do with anything? I think that is a direct … Continue reading

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The Christian Imagination According to Paul

In her recent book, Sin: The Early History of an Idea, Paula Fredricksen contrasts Jesus and Paul’s notions of sin and salvation (though they are not identical, they share important assumptions) with those of later Christian thinkers, notably Justin Martyr, … Continue reading

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